This book came to life from the class notes Blake Masters took from a 2012 Stanford course about startups that Peter Thiel taught; a true teacher-student collaboration.

Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.

Thiel, technology entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, was one of the PayPal founders and CEO, so he's got a lot to share about entrepreneurship, tech and the startup life. Still, this is not your average how-to-be-an-entrepreneur book, but more of an analysis of past events like the dot-com boom and the PayPal Mafia era (from a first person perspective) and a series of learnings and thought provoking ideas such as that monopolies are good or that a startup messed up at its foundation cannot be fixed.

Yet, the main theme of the book is innovation. Being different. Doing something new. Thinking outside the box. Breaking the status quo.

And that is how we make progress.

Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

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